hamster

\ \ [17] The hamster is a native of western Asia and southeastern Europe, and its English name is of Slavic origin. In Old Slavic it was called chomestoru, and it appears that at some point in the past an ancestor of this was borrowed into Germanic. Old High German had hamustro, which became modern German hamster, source of the English word. In the 18th century the animal was also called the German rat.

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  • Hamster — Sm std. (11. Jh.), mhd. hamster, ahd. hamustro, as. hamustra f., hamustro Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus sloven. chomestor oder einer anderen westslavischen Sprache, (vgl. russ. kslav. choměstorŭ Hamster , die Teile in russ. chomják Hamster und lit.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • hamster — c.1600, from Ger. Hamster, from M.H.G. hamastra hamster, probably from O.C.S. chomestoru hamster (the animal is native to S.E. Europe), perhaps a blend of Rus. chomiak and Lith. staras, both meaning hamster. The older English name for it was… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Hamster — Hamster: Der Name des Nagetieres ist in ahd. Zeit aus dem Slawischen entlehnt worden. Ahd. hamustro, das in den Glossen mlat. curculio »Kornwurm; Feldmaus« wiedergibt, geht auf aslaw. choměstorb »Hamster« zurück, beachte russ. chomjak »Hamster« …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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  • hamster — s. m. [Zoologia] Espécie de arganaz, criceto.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra alemã Hamster …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • hámster — (Del al. Hamster). m. Roedor de pequeño tamaño, semejante al ratón, que se emplea como animal de laboratorio y de compañía …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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